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United States Plate Blocks

1879 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
1 ogPB 182 image#182, 1c Dark ultramarine, full top margin imprint and plate "No. 336" block of ten, with extra-large sheet selvage, wonderfully fresh and with considerably deeper color than typically found, well centered, full fresh o.g., lightly hinged, just a couple of minor separated perforations as to be expected, very fine and choice; a showpiece Bank Note plate block in exceptional quality; Chapin census #453; ex-Todd, Anderson. (Image) $4,750.00

SOLD for $5,250.00
Closing..Feb-11, 05:00 PM
2 ogPB 183 image#183, 2c Vermilion, full top margin imprint and plate "No. 296" block of fourteen, with imperforate half arrow at left, being one of only three top position plate blocks recorded in the Chapin census, exceptionally fresh, intense color, rather well centered for a plate block of this size and vintage, full o.g. with just the barest trace of hinging on a few stamps, many others n.h., bottom left stamp (not part of the plate block proper) with trivial age spot, fine-very fine; Chapin census #458; ex-"Southern Cross". (Image) $2,800.00+

SOLD for $2,500.00
Closing..Feb-11, 05:00 PM
3 ogPB 189 image#189, 15c Red orange, an impressive full top margin imprint and plate "No. 31" block of twelve, magnificently fresh and choice overall, with strikingly intense color and a prooflike impression, extraordinarily well centered throughout, pristine full o.g. with just the barest suggestion of hinging (if at all) on a couple of stamps, mostly never hinged, few trivial inclusion specks, very fine and exceedingly choice; quite likely the finest existing full top example of this rare Bank Note era plate block. (Image) $7,250.00

SOLD for $7,000.00
Closing..Feb-11, 05:00 PM
1887-1888 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
4 nhPB 214 image#214, 3c Vermilion, a spectacularly fresh and intact full top margin imprint and plate "No. 421" block of ten, in the most incredible state of preservation imaginable, with truly prooflike color and impression on immaculate paper. wonderfully well centered, pristine o.g., never hinged, very fine and choice; as ten never hinged stamps alone this catalogs $2,000.00, so the catalog value quoted in Scott for a plate block bears little relevance to a plate block in this extraordinary quality. (Image) for hinged $1,400.00

SOLD for $3,500.00
Closing..Feb-11, 05:00 PM
5 ogPB 215 image#215, 4c Carmine, an exceedingly handsome full top margin imprint, letter "L" and plate "No. 543" block of twelve, with imperforate half arrow at right, sumptuously rich color and strong impression, outstanding centering throughout, unblemished full o.g. with just the faintest suggestion of hinging on a couple of stamps, most stamps are never hinged, inconsequential inclusion spot in selvage, extremely fine; according to our records, this is the finest of the very few existing plate blocks of this value, even the legendary Todd and Wampler collections had no example which comes close to the quality of this extraordinary plate block. (Image) $5,500.00

SOLD for $8,500.00
Closing..Feb-11, 05:00 PM
6 ogPB 216 image#216, 5c Indigo, an eye-appealing full top margin imprint, letter "K" and plate "No. 540" block of twelve, with imperforate half arrow at left, possessing wonderfully rich color and a crisp detailed impression, quite well centered, full clean o.g., lightly hinged, there are just a couple of tiny hinge slivers sensibly reinforcing a few separated perforations, very fine; an exceptional example of this 19th century plate block rarity, this being the first premium quality full top example we have seen on the market in years. (Image) $9,000.00

SOLD for $7,500.00
Closing..Feb-11, 05:00 PM
1890-1893 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
7 nhPB 219 image#219, 1c Dull blue, gem full top margin imprint, letter "D" and plate "No. 286" block of fourteen, being the absolute epitome of "post office" freshness, strong rich color on bright paper, each stamp is extraordinarily well centered and margined, unblemished o.g., never hinged, extremely fine; the ultimate plate block for the collector seeking perfection. (Image) for hinged $1,300.00

SOLD for $3,200.00
Closing..Feb-11, 05:00 PM
8 ogPB 221 image#221, 3c Purple, brilliantly fresh full top margin imprint and plate "No. 72" block of ten, outstanding color in an especially deep shade, well centered, pristine o.g., lightly hinged on two stamps only, rest n.h., some separated perforations between top row and sheet selvage, very fine; ex-Todd. (Image) $2,850.00

SOLD for $2,100.00
Closing..Feb-11, 05:00 PM
9 nhPB 225 image#225, 8c Lilac, full top margin imprint, letters "ZZ" and plate "No. 268" block of ten, an extraordinary example of this truly rare plate block, possessing exceptional physical characteristics seldom encountered on these early era plate blocks, not the least of which is its incredible overall freshness and crispness, rich luxuriant color and a razor-sharp impression on bright paper, particularly well centered, pristine o.g., never hinged, very fine and wonderfully choice; unquestionably among the finest of the few existing top position examples of this plate block; 1990 PF certificate. (Image) $3,150.00

SOLD for $5,500.00
Closing..Feb-11, 05:00 PM
10 ogPB 226 image#226, 10c Green, a remarkable quality full top imprint, letter "E" and plate "No. 28" block of ten, being in a condition unrivalled by any other we are aware of, boasting incredibly intense color and a prooflike impression on especially bright paper, exceedingly well centered for a multiple of this size, brilliantly fresh o.g., lightly hinged on one stamp only, rest n.h., certainly extremely fine overall; a highly desirable example of this Small Bank Note plate block rarity; ex-Anderson. (Image) $4,200.00

SOLD for $6,750.00
Closing..Feb-11, 05:00 PM
11 nhPB 229 image#229, 90c Orange, a spectacular full top margin imprint and plate "No. 25" block of twelve, possessing fabulously intense and radiant color, marvelously well centered, particularly for a multiple of this size, unusually crisp and intact perforations all around, pristine full o.g. without any bends or skips, never hinged, there is a mild band of toning along the top edge of the selvage on the reverse (just faintly showing through to the front), still very fine and marvelously choice overall; there is little question that this ranks among the finest of the approximately six to eight examples recorded of this important plate block rarity, and to our knowledge this is one of only two never hinged full top examples available among this scant population. (Image) $46,100.00+

SOLD for $45,000.00
Closing..Feb-11, 05:00 PM
1894 BUREAU ISSUES
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
12 ogPB 247 image#247, 1c Blue, full top margin Ty. I imprint and plate no. 35 block of six, with extra-large sheet selvage, quite fresh and bright, rich color, attractively centered, o.g., five stamps n.h., top center stamp lightly hinged, very fine; ex-Todd. (Image) $900.00

SOLD for $950.00
Closing..Feb-11, 05:00 PM
13 ogPB 248 image#248, 2c Pink, Ty. I, full top margin Ty. I imprint and plate no. 3 block of six, especially strong and radiant color, well centered, o.g., stamps n.h., two small hinge reinforcements at top of ungummed sheet selvage rejoining a few separated perforations, very fine. (Image) $300.00

SOLD for $725.00
Closing..Feb-11, 05:00 PM
14 ogPB 249 image#249, 2c Carmine lake, Ty. I, impressive full top margin Ty. I imprint and plate no. 1 block of six, exceedingly fresh and crisp overall, with gloriously rich color in a deep shade, well centered, pristine o.g., barest trace of hinging, very fine; this is the only true full top example of this elusive Bureau issue plate block we have ever seen; 1982 PF certificate. (Image) $2,500.00

SOLD for $1,450.00
Closing..Feb-11, 05:00 PM
15 ogPB 250 image#250, 2c Carmine, Ty. I, especially choice full top margin Ty. II imprint and plate no. 117 block of six (the Durland catalog identifies this as a scarcer plate number), particularly fresh and intact, rich luxuriant color and a crisp impression on bright paper, o.g., very lightly hinged on just a couple of stamps, very fine; a select quality full top plate block; 1982 PF certificate. (Image) $375.00

SOLD for $850.00
Closing..Feb-11, 05:00 PM
16 ogPB 251 image#251, 2c Carmine, Ty. II, full top margin Ty. II imprint and plate no. 126 block of six, strong fresh color, centered a bit to left, fresh o.g., five stamps n.h., top center stamp lightly hinged, small thin spot in center of selvage, otherwise fine for this very rare Bureau issue plate block, in fact our records indicate this may be one of only two full top plate blocks available, the other (ex-Todd) possesses similar fine centering and has small flaws as well. (Image) $3,250.00

SOLD for $2,400.00
Closing..Feb-11, 05:00 PM
17 ogPB 255 image#255, 5c Chocolate, full top margin Ty. I imprint and plate no. 54 block of six (the Durland catalog rates this plate number and all Ty. I imprints as being especially scarce), extraordinarily bright and fresh, rich luxuriant color, quite well centered, pristine o.g., five stamps n.h., top center stamp very lightly hinged, very fine; an elusive plate block, especially as a full top example. (Image) $1,250.00

SOLD for $2,500.00
Closing..Feb-11, 05:00 PM
1895-1898 BUREAU ISSUES
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
18 nhPB 264 image#264, 1c Blue, brilliantly fresh full top margin Ty. IV imprint and plate no. 234 block of six, strikingly intense color and prooflike impression on immaculate paper, exceptionally well centered, pristine o.g., n.h., very fine and wonderfully choice. (Image) $425.00

SOLD for $850.00
Closing..Feb-11, 05:00 PM
19 nhPB 264 var. image#264 var., 1c Pale blue, full top margin Ty. II imprint and plate no. 119 block of six, extraordinarily fresh and intact, with especially large sheet selvage, warm rich color in a distinctive pale blue shade, outstanding centering throughout, unblemished o.g., n.h., extremely fine; a gem plate block. (Image) $425.00

SOLD for $1,350.00
Closing..Feb-11, 05:00 PM
20 nhPB 265 image#265, 2c Carmine, Ty. I, a stunning full top margin Ty. II imprint and plate no. 113 block of six, in the finest condition imaginable for any plate block, let alone a scarce Bureau issue plate, fabulously bright and intact, gorgeous intense color and a prooflike impression on brilliantly fresh paper, flawlessly centered, immaculate o.g., n.h., extremely fine gem; a plate block for the perfectionist and we sincerely doubt a finer #265 plate block exists; 1996 PF certificate. (Image) $800.00

SOLD for $6,250.00
Closing..Feb-11, 05:00 PM

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